Friday, June 12, 2015

Darlingtonia State Natural Site

In the spring, we love to tidepool near Florence.  And we always make a point of stopping at the postage stamp sized park, Darlingtonia State Natural Site, to see the cobra lilies in bloom.  These are Oregon's native carnivorous pitcher plants, and they really thrive here.  Their hooded pitchers are ingeniously designed to entrap unsuspecting insects, yet they rely in these same insects as pollinators. So every spring they send up flower stalks that rise high above their traps.  Eating insects is an adaptation to nitrogen poor soil, and like other carnivorous plants, they live only in nutrient depleted bogs.  This teensy park makes for a brief but very rewarding detour. 

Skunk cabbage.

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